Multiple Diagnoses: You Need Your Own Medical File

Last updated: June 2019

I believe everyone should have a personal copy of their medical records, but it’s critical if you’re living with multiple medical diagnoses.

Over the years, I’ve managed: migraines, endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, and multiple sclerosis. Each diagnosis required multiple tests (lab work, imaging) and physician appointments. As much I like to believe that the results are sent to the prescribing physician (as well as logged into a system that the physician can retrieve later to compare results over a period of time), the reality is that they’re not. It shouldn’t be our job, but it’s worth taking it upon ourselves to start creating our own medical file.

Bringing this medical file to all of your appointments. More often than not, I’ve found myself to be more prepared than my own physician.

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